"What you did to the least of these, you did to me." Although Jesus said many things, His clearest concern was for the vulnerable. The vulnerable include our veterans, seniors, children and families.
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Posted June 25, 2012
Iowa DJ asks Congressman Tom Latham to “pistol whip” women religious; Latham finds this hilarious
WASHINGTON – Iowa radio host Jan Mickelson launched a volley in the “War on Women” today, suggesting Republican Congressman Tom Latham order the women religious riding on the “Nuns on the Bus” tour be pulled over and beaten for publicly protesting Congressman Paul Ryan’s budget plan. Congressman Latham not only did not condemn this suggestion, but evidently found it amusing.
Transcript from the discussion:
LATHAM: It’s always fun to be on your show. [Laughter]
“This is yet another disgusting attack on women religious for the crime of standing up for the poor and marginalized,” said James Salt, executive director of Catholics United. “Anyone who thinks comments like this are humorous give up their ability to be taken seriously in civil society. I call for Rep. Latham to immediately and unequivocally condemn this ‘joke.’”
Posted May 23, 2012
You can listen to James talk about lawsuits filed against the HHS contraceptive accommodation on The Bill Press Show here:
PRESS RELEASE: Catholics United Responds to HHS Lawsuits: “An Insult” to Persecuted Christians Worldwide
Posted May 21, 2012
In response to lawsuits against the HHS contraception mandate, lay Catholic group challenges motives of bishops
WASHINGTON – Today, more than 40 organizations, including the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., and the University of Notre Dame, filed suit against the Department of Health and Human Services contraception coverage mandate. Catholics United reiterated its position asserting that this suit serves a right wing political agenda on the part of the bishops rather than defending against a legitimate threat to religious liberty.
Given past silence on the part of the bishops and Catholic institutions over very similar, often more comprehensive, contraceptive health care mandates in 28 states, it remains a curious coincidence the bishops would choose to stand opposed to a Democratic administration in an election year.
Posted April 27, 2012
While disavowing the anti-Christian philosopher, Rep. Ryan has yet to denounce his Rand-inspired budget
WASHINGTON — Catholics United, teamed with members of the faith community and social justice protesters from Georgetown University, was pleased to learn Representative Paul Ryan renounced the social Darwinist teachings of Ayn Rand before his speech on campus Thursday morning. However, Ryan refused to join the US Catholic bishops in condemning his own Rand-inspired budget proposal.
Meeting outside of Georgetown University’s Healy Hall, where Rep. Ryan spoke for an hour yesterday morning, Catholics United members and their allies led a peaceful, prayerful protest of the devastating and un-Christian cuts to aid to the poor and vulnerable found in the Republican-sponsored budget. Joining protesters was an actor portraying “GOP Jesus,” a parody of recent right-wing attempts to re-engineer Christian teaching in a conservative slant.
Posted April 25, 2012
Catholics to Protest Paul Ryan at Georgetown University
Join GU Faculty, Bishops, and Theologians in Opposing Ryan Budget, Which Gives Tax Breaks to the Wealthy at Expense of the Poor
Washington — Joining a growing drumbeat of Catholic backlash against Rep. Paul Ryan for his immoral budget proposal, Catholics and people of faith will stage a protest with a 50’ banner reading “WERE YOU THERE WHEN THEY CRUCIFIED THE POOR?” when he comes to Georgetown University tomorrow to give the Whittington Lecture.
Background: Rep. Ryan’s budget proposal is an outrageous slap in the face to our nation’s poorest and most vulnerable citizens. Economic inequality is growing, unemployment is frustratingly high and millions are holding on by just their fingertips. In the face of this, Rep. Ryan astonishingly used his Catholic faith as justification for breaking our covenant with seniors by ending Medicare as we know it and and dismantling food aid for the poor, all while rewarding the wealthy with massive tax cuts.
Posted April 16, 2012
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PRESS RELEASE: Lay Catholics Create Alternative Fund to Support Charities Defunded by Right-Wing Pressure
Posted April 11, 2012
WithCharityForAll.org, an alternative giving website, allows lay Catholics to support organizations without subsidizing the political activity of bishops
WASHINGTON – Catholics United, in partnership with local Catholic leaders from across the country, announced the launch of WithCharityForAll.org, an alternative donation website that allows lay Catholics and people of faith to donate to worthy charities threatened with defunding by right-wing pressure groups within the Catholic Church, as reported in an April 6 front page New York Times article.
Posted April 10, 2012
Disappointed by his silence, Catholics United delivered petition to Cardinal imploring him to stand up for poor against Paul Ryan’s budget
NEW YORK – Teamed with Occupy Catholics and representatives from grassroots organizations serving the poor and marginalized, members of Catholics United, a national lay social justice organization, today peacefully demonstrated and delivered thousands of petition signatures to the New York City home of Timothy Cardinal Dolan, asking he publicly denounce the un-Christian budget proposal of Catholic Congressman Paul Ryan.
The petition, signed by more than 6,300 Catholics United members across the country, specifically called on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, of which Dolan is president, to use the same energy to denounce the social Darwinist principles of the Ryan budget as it has expended in its campaign against women’s access to contraception. Catholics United members delivered the petition after marching in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral with a 50 foot banner which read, “Were you there when they crucified the poor?”
Posted March 27, 2012
New rule improves air quality, shows commitment to reversing life-threatening effects of climate change
WASHINGTON – Today the Environmental Protection Agency announced the Carbon Pollution Standard, commonly known as a “greenhouse gas rule,” a measure that will impose limits of the emission of carbon from coal-fired power plants. The new standard will protect the health of every American and will help ensure future generations are able to live in a cleaner, more sustainable environment. The rule is another step in addressing the increasing dangers of climate change.
Catholics United welcomes this ruling, as care for God’s creation is a central component of Catholic social teaching. Pope Benedict XVI, commonly known as “the Green Pope” as he has made the environment one of his top concerns, often speaks out in favor of protecting the earth and limiting the effects of global climate change.
PRESS RELEASE: Lay Catholics Call on Bishops to Be Consistent, Defend Poor From Paul Ryan’s Budget Cuts
Posted March 21, 2012
The Silence of the Bishops is Deafening
WASHINGTON – It’s been 24 hours since Catholic Congressman Paul Ryan released a budget proposal based on the anti-Christian ideals of social Darwinist Ayn Rand. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, charged with pastoral care for the poor and vulnerable, has yet to issue a statement condemning Paul Ryan’s budget, its dramatic cuts to the poor and massive redistribution of wealth to the top 1 percent of wage-earners.
The bishops were once known as champions for the cause of the least among us. Today, they’ve shifted their focus to social issues such as women’s access to contraception. Catholics United, a nationwide network of 40,000 lay Catholics, is organizing a petition asking the bishops to strongly speak out against cuts to the poor and vulnerable.
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